Paid opportunity for experienced hospitality staff for our seasonal holiday village in Donegal, North West Ireland



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    UPDATE 2022 Season: Please see below for more information on the roles available this season. Paid positions available. If emailing us, please let us know what type of role you are in.

    The Mill is a quirky food and accommodation business located on the northwest coast of Donegal which is close to five beautiful beaches, the Horn Head sea-cliffs, Ards Forest Park, Muckish and Errigal mountains, Glenveigh National Park and Tory Island.

    Our 2 hectare (5 acre) property, a pre-Celtic site, is located alongside a main bus-route and two miles (3km) from the nearest village ... Dunfanaghy (Co. Donegal). We are right beside New Lake Nature Reserve, with sea views over the Atlantic to Tory Island.

    There are small shops and some pubs with traditional music in the nearby villages of Dunfanaghy (3km) and Falcarragh (8km) . Letterkenny, the nearest town, is 45 mins away by car or bus.


    The season here develops slowly from March to June, gets busy during July and August and then becoming quieter again in September. We close for winter from Oct to late March.

    The work type and hours will depend on the time of year, and where there is little or no work indoors, there is plenty to do our in the garden ... gardening, painting and decorating, projects, food preparation etc. You can also help to create new recreational areas and activities for guests to the site. During your time here, you will be able to explore the wonderful local landscape, beaches, forest park, etc..

    In return for your assistance, we provide accommodation to our Workawayers in a shared room (with one other Workawayers of the same sex) PLUS an hourly wage as these are Paid Positions. Our workaways will have access to the communal Kitchen where you can prepare your meals. We encourage our Workaways to come prepared with food as food is not provided. We do however offer all our staff and workaways a staff discount on any food or beverages purchased on site when our food offerings are operational.


    We have great internet here due to the new high speed fibre broadband recently installed in the area, so bring your Laptop if you wish. We also have bikes on site that our workaways are welcome to make use of.

    If you like the countryside you will love it here. We need Workawayers who are friendly, reliable and sociable. It is important that you have good English, to be able to chat to our guests as you will be an important part of their experience.

    We have had many wonderful helpers/workers/Workawayers who came to stay at the Mill down through the years and it's been a wonderful experience for us. Please read our REVIEWS for further information.

    If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Best wishes and we looking forward to hearing from you.
    Siubhán & Ciarán

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located in a very special area, between an old all Gaelic-speaking community and an old English Plantation village where people from all over the world come to visit. This part of Ireland is renowned for it's beaches and we have surfers from all over the world come to check out the waves.

    It is also a highly spiritual area and within a 5-mile radius of Dunfanaghy, there are seven times the national average of ancient sites dating back 6000 years. Whereas, with a village population of less than 500 people one could expect one church, we have six within the same area and a very special ruined church which dominates the village and its history.

    Within the village there are several traditional music pubs, which are also an attraction for guests and Workaway helpers alike and we avail of every opportunity to introduce our Workawayer to local cultural events and performances.

    Many renowned Irish and English writers and artists, revolutionaries and statesmen have visited or made their homes here over the years but one in particular, George Russell (AE) made very vivid connections, in verse, story and paintings, to the Faery world and the pre-Celtic people which, being a major feature of our business profile is very much enjoyed by our guests and their children alike.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

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    We are looking for freidnly, enthusiastic self-starters who are strong communicators, enjoy working with others and like to provide a good service to our guests. Our workaways must be self-starters, who can work independently and who are confident in dealing with issues as and when they arise.

    The following roles are available on a Paid. [Please note: We require the Workaway to have prior experience and to be able to stay with us for at least 8 weeks].

    1. ASSISTANT CHEF - May to September- Our Assistant Chefs will work alongside our head chef to prepare and cook some delicious seasonal food in our outdoor bistro (Gourmet Fish & Chips) and at Breakfast time. The ACs will also be responsible for ensuring the kitchen is maintained to the highest standards at all time, and that all stocks and supplies are maintained to service levels.

    2. KITCHEN ASSISTANTS - June to September - Our Kitchen Assistants work under the guidance of our Chefs to ensure that the kitchen is clean and operational at all times. Our KAs may also be involved in preparing ingredients and dishes for service.

    3. HOUSEKEEPING ASSISTANTS - July to September - Our Housekeeping assistants work as part of the Housekeeping team to clean and prepare the guest accommodation and ensure that all communal areas (incl. Toilets & showers), laundry department and staff quarters are cleaned and maintained throughout the day.

    4. FOOD SERVICE / COUNTER ASSISTANTS - June to September - Our Food Service Assistants will work in our main house and our outdoor bistro to provide the highest levels of service to our guests and customers. This is a role for an energetic and organised customer-focused individual with an outgoing personality.

    5. MAINTENANCE / CARETAKER: Our caretaker will look after the day-to-day maintenance of the site and ensure that the site is safe and secure each evening by carrying out night checks, lock up duty etc. This role is perfect for responsible individuals interested in outdoor work and with experience in the building trade.

    The time commitment will range from 20-40 paid hours per week depending on the role. Depending on the time of the season, some of the roles may also be DUAL-ROLES.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Irish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Single and shared bedrooms in the Mill House Lodge with access to a shared kitchen and shower/toilet facilities. (Please note where bedrooms are shared, they are on a Male Only and Female Only basis)

    Fully equipped staff kitchen where Workawayers can prepare their meals. We do not provide food as workaways receive a wage but we do offer a staff discount on any food/beverages purchased on site.

    Whilst there will be a caretaker/night porter on site most the evenings, the Owners/Manager do not live on site at all times so it is important that potential applicants are aware of this as our workaways are asked to provide an element of 'on-call' support as part of their roles.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area nearby is a rambler's paradise with lots of lovely scenery, walking routes, forest park, sea-cliffs, and beaches. We are located on a main bus route so there are easy, daily services to and from Dunfanaghy, Letterkenny, Derry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin

    It is a RURAL location and a 3km walk to the nearest shop/village and 10km to the nearest post office.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a motorhome park here so we could provide a parking bay with electric and water to workaways travelling in a motorhome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 - 40 hours per week depending on the role

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